Archery Beginners Guide

Beginners Guide to Archery equipment

Archery is a very popular sport across in the world with thousands of participates across hundred of countries.  As such archery has become a very popular Olympic sport. This archery beginners guide will look at the equipment needed to get into the sport. However before you go out and spend money on archery equipment the archery beginner should look up their local club.  Most clubs offer archery beginner sessions so you should try it out and see if it’s for you.

Archery Beginners Guide to Equipment:

For beginners archery can be quite expensive. However ensuring you have all the right equipment will definitely enhance your experience and make archery more fun.  This means you will probably need a little more than a bow and a few arrows to ensure you make a good start to you archery adventure. 

Most archery beginners understand quickly they will get by with a bow and arrow but to really improve their technique additional equipment is a must. From experience making sure all the right kit is available is a sure fire way to improve more quickly

Archery Beginners Guide to Bow And Arrows: 

The first thing will need are of course your bow and your arrows and you will have plenty of choice here. Basically it will come down to personal opinion.  Your basic bow choices will be from a recurve, target, hunting or stick bow but there are other also. Ideally you should choose a bow which fits your preferred style. Remember archery is an ancient tradition and so pick a bow which emotionally connects with the skills passed on from your ancestors.  Just make sure it feels right for you.

One vital tip is to pick a bow which is light enough so that you can easily draw back the string. This will allow you to practice for longer periods and allow you to really develop your technique. There is no point in getting a bow which will see you tire very quickly and see you only fire off a few arrows.  As you develop you muscle strength and technique you can progress to a heavy bow.  Changing the weight of a bow is easy and merely entails replacing the limbs.

Once you have your bow you will of course need your arrows to shoot. Arrow choice is dependant of a few factors. The weight of your bow is important.  You will also require arrows which have been spined correctly for your bow type.  If you want you arrows to fly in straight line (which we assume you do) then is important they are not to stiff or too light.  Additionally the length of your arrow must be appropriate to the draw length of your bow.   As you can see choosing arrows can be complicated it is best to seek advice at  your local store after you have purchased you bow.


Archery Beginners Guide to the Bow Stringer: 

Being able to quickly and correctly string your bow can only enhance enjoyment for any archery beginner.  Several stringing and unstringing techniques exist and all require just the use of you hand and legs as leverage.  However getting the stringing process wrong can be disastrous and in some cases can lead to a trip to the local hospital.  The easy solution is to buy a bow stringer. This consists of a piece of looped string and a piece of padded rubber. It sounds simple but it does make string a bow very quick, efficient and safe.

Archery Beginners Guide to the Quiver: 

 Due to cost many archery beginners decide not to purchase a quiver, after all they probably only have a few arrow. If you look around your local range you will see that many people do indeed manage without one.   However when starting out there is the tendency to drop arrows quite frequently and bending down to pick then up is a pain.  For the beginner who is likely to tire quickly a quiver can save a bit of energy preventing the need to be constantly bending down to collect the next arrow.   Then there’s the walk to the range from the car.  It’s far easier to carry your arrows if they are nicely packed and hungon your belt of over you shoulder.

You will have a choice of the back quiver or the hip quiver.  The back quiver is a bit hard to use but is Robin Hoodesque and looks cool.  It’s best to try both out in your local store and pick the type which suits you best.

Archery Beginners Guide The Arm Guard:

If you want to ensure you archery experience is as enjoyable as it can possibly be an arm guard is an essential bit of kit.  Once you have snapped you arm with the bowstring for the first time you will soon understand why an arm guard is needed.  The bruise you get from the snap can be quite painful but the snap can also affect your subsequent improvement.  It is quite possible that the fear of another swipe from the bowstring will lead to subconscious flinches and movements which will ultimately affect your technique and skill development.  Poor shoots are inevitable for the archery beginner and the lack of an arm guard will not help you improve. The arm guard will shift focus to the shot away from the avoidance of pain.  As you improve you are less likely to need the guard but when starting out its essential.

Ensure you buy the best quality guard you can afford, this will then be more durable.  You will have a choice of high impact plastic or the more traditional leather variety.  The best advice again is to get the one which feel most comfortable and suits you best


So there you have it five essentials for the archery beginner, Bow, Arrow, Quiver, Arm Guard and Stringer. 

As you develop your skills and become more embroiled in the sport you will find all sorts of other accessories available to purchase. However the five things listed are the beginner archers` essentials.   Remember once have decide to go for it an take up the sport seriously make sure you walk out of the archery store with the essentials laid out here. You won’t regret it.